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Jan 13, 2013 6:00am EST
that came up five years ago began, "make no mistake. nato is losing in afghanistan." was slightly softened that to say the u.s. is not winning. frankly, i am much more pessimistic, particularly concerning the security transition. barring some wild card events -- india-pakistan, and that is not looking particularly good, or an attack on iran, which would change the calculus -- it seems to me that the level of american and western forces required to support the afghan army -- i agree the police are in a much more difficult situation -- by some counts would require in excess of 50,000 people, including contractors, because the afghan army has no air support, medical support, logistics, etc. salaries would run $4 billion a year. who is going to pay them? the obama administration is not likely to cut and run. you see signs in the press to get down to a lower level. level of 6000 is around. if that was to take place, under the afghan security forces operate without the support in forms of air, logistics, and pay, especially when virtually every nato country wants to get out as quickly as possibl
Jan 8, 2013 2:30pm PST
remembering his days in berlin. german troops have arrived in turkey to take part in the nato deployment of patriot missiles on the border with syria. turkey is a member of the nato military alliance and asked its partners for help, saying it is concerned about further deadly rocket attacks from syrian territory. >> dutch and u.s. troops will also be taking part in the mission, which nato says is a purely defensive measure. critics say it is likely to raise tensions in the region already on the edge. iranian and u.s. forces facing off in the strait of hormuz and with the war in syria and dragging on. >> a plane carrying german and dutch troops touched down in turkey as their right to prepare the deployment of nato patriot missiles. earlier, the missile batteries were loaded onto ships. this would be the first time germany has deployed its patriot missiles for anything other than training exercises. >> we have received orders to get the systems operational and respond to any situations as they arise. >> there will be stationed about 500 kilometers north of the syrian border. they can arri
Jan 28, 2013 6:00pm EST
now. nato troops are starting to withdraw. what kind of country are they leaving behind? we're in afghanistan and he sent us this report. >> the afghan capital of kabul is a bustling city. 100,000 troops are anywhere to be seen. they're starting to leave. he tells me afghanistan is a different place from when they arrived 11 years ago. it is remarkable how things have progressed. health care is very different to what it was. education has moved on hugely. i think in terms of the progress to the things we would understand, and there has been a momentum. it has progressed to an extraordinary way. >> the taliban had not gone away. soon afghan security forces will have to fight them on their own. the man who led the intelligence war for most of the last 10 years said the attacks are set to get worse. >> it reduces this. the taliban are going to change their tactics. they are going to modify their strategy. there are going to do more and more spectacular attacks. >> like this one on our first morning in cobble, a triple suicide bombing. officials told us on average there are four
Jan 25, 2013 7:00pm EST
of the speeches he made recently calculated that nato and the fact that the experience in afghanistan is not over yet, but hasn't been a terrifically happy one for nato and not might serve as lead to a which we just don't have the will anymore, the intention to stay on the same scale before, particularly the exception that her partners are are now pulling away. how do you think will really keep nato going? to sustain nato and keep it relevant given her budgetary restrictions? >> in intervening event poses a threat. we thought a little research and said nato the libya situation, where clearly the united states is not going to take the lead, was going to supply reconnaissance, intelligence, surveillance and a little bit of backup. either nato getting together going forward are not. the threat of you stabilize libya, consequences of that for southern europe, the history with european presence they are as a precipitating event. but i think it's going to take something similar to that, one issue that potentially could be that is the whole situation of their weapons things in the fact that europe would
Jan 9, 2013 9:00am EST
in the new york times on the front page about how the levels of anxiety about nato troop withdrawals, each story is written about the most exposed areas, the areas that were last cleared and will be the most exposed to taliban return and the story is about high levels of anxiety and concern and pessimism and i am not arguing that that isn't correct, just that it is not reflective of the attitude of most of the country so far as it can be determined. just to end on what we're looking forward to their two transitions coming up, the transmission promote u.s. and nato led combat operation, afghan let operation and the transition from cause i -- karzai government to someone else's government. the latter is the more dangerous and difficult and the more uncertain. i don't think the afghan army is going to run away in 2014, but it is possible the afghan government will collapse as the result of a failed transition. i don't mean the election will be regular necessarily. the regular election could produce a very unstable results. it is at two round system and it is plausible the first round would ha
Jan 10, 2013 1:00am EST
. there is the transition from a u.s. and nato-led operation to afghan-led operations, and the transition from a karzai government to a somebody else- led government. the later transition is by far the more dangerous and difficult, and the more uncertain. i do not think the afghan army is going to run away in 2014, but it is possible the afghan government will collapse in 2014, as the result of a failed transition. by that, i do not mean the election will be irregular, necessarily. a regular election could produce an unusual result. it is a two-round system. it is possible that in the first round, he would have 58 candidates. --25 candidates. none would get more than 10% of the vote. you have a second round of two candidates, neither of whom had gotten 10% of the vote. that kind of result probably would not be enough to hold the country together. i think the concern about corruption in the government is accurate, real, and valid. but it does miss the point that it is as much corruption as formal institutions that hold that country together. karzai has built an effective patronage network that allows hi
Jan 23, 2013 6:30pm PST
. >> tensions are running high in some parts of turkey as nato gears up to get its missile defense system up and running this weekend. turkey has requested help because of concerns that the syrian civil war could spill over to its borders. the missiles have been sent by the united states, germany, and the netherlands, but not everyone approves of the move. on tuesday, a proud of -- a crowd of protesters. >> demonstrations against the patriot missile deployment have been taking place for days. the confrontation and threats against german soldiers reportedly arose from a protest like this one on monday. the five germans strolling through town in civilian clothing may have been mistaken for americans. turkish security forces managed to bring the germans to safety. the german government has called it a serious incident. >> this is unacceptable. against the backdrop of this incident, it will be necessary to speak closely with the turkish authorities about the threat posed to german soldiers. we expect our host country, turkey, to inspect the security of our soldiers when they move around in the c
Jan 7, 2013 6:00am PST
's a possibility of spreading wildfires in the days to come. >>> nato members are rolling out more military hardware to deal with any possible fallout from the conflict in syria. turkey is boostininin defenses. the trucks carrying the equipment left monday from a base in the southern part of the netherlands. the u.s., germany, and netherlands agreed in december to send a total of six air defense batteries to turkey to protect their nato ally. dutch chief of defense general tom mittendorf says the threat of syrian missiles landing across the border is increasing. the convoy of batteries is scheduled to arrive in turkey in less than three weeks. the location is about 100 kilometers from the border with syria. this is the first time since the iraq war that nato has deployed its patriot missiles in turkey. >>> a group including the executive chairman of internet search giant google has begun a four-day visit to north korea. the visit is for humanitarian purposes. analysts say the group will likely discuss developing the i.t. industry in the country. eric schmidt is traveling with bill richardso
Jan 14, 2013 2:30pm PST
the training mission. >> are there any dissenters? this is a job for nato -- and who are saying this is a job for nato? >> nato can only intervene if france formally request aid, and it has not done so. this is a job that has to be done by the ecowas, by the west african soldiers on the ground come together with mali -- on the ground, mali together withan soldier -- on the ground, together with malian soldiers. it was an action taken by an individual member state, i.e., france. the member states say they will support friends, but they will not get their boots on the ground. >> thanks for that. islamist militants in somalia say they killed the second french soldier in a failed operation by paris to free a kidnapped intelligence officer. >> france says he was killed during the operation. photographs thought to be marking what is a dead body of a soldier were posted on line by ashgabat -- al-shabab. the man was captured in 2009. germany's biggest car maker, volkswagen, sold more cars last year than ever before. the news comes as the detroit auto show opens its doors. >> car makers are pinning th
Jan 21, 2013 2:30pm PST
violence from spilling over. >> late last year, turkey asked nato for a missile defense system. the pieces of that system came off of the boat from germany. >> the military equipment is now in turkey and not far from the border in syria and the organization insists that the hardware stays in this country. nato says that they are not crossing the border to get directly involved in the conflict in syria. -- >> germany and the u.s. have agreed to send patriot missiles to germany. -- >> our mission is to protect the town, are ranged between nato and the turkish allies, so i don't see any involvement in any offensive action, that is not what we're here for. >> turkey insists that they can handle the rest of their defense. the war is just on the other side of the fence. the patriots will stop missiles, but they won't stop the more immediate threat of the stray bullets, but still, turkey wants the hardware. they are taking every measure to keep the country save. the patriots are expected to be operational by the start of next month. -- >> thousands of musicians marched down pennsylvania avenue as
Jan 5, 2013 6:30pm EST
jean paul palomeros, nato commander. very pleased to have you with us. we have the ceo of a group. thank you for joining us. general, i have to start with you. this is about the evolution of warfare and you are the man in charge of nato. talk about the issue that you see and the challenges of what nato has two due to adapt to the adaptrld -- has to do to to the new world. >> first, during the few days, the future has been unpredictable. let's try to enable it. armed forces today are facing a tremendous challenge. the world is changing. the environment is ever adapting. the risk out there -- what is the answer? many are working on forces that are well-trained. at the joint and combined level. these forces rely on their adaptive capabilities. how do we do that with this goal constraints? -- fiscal constraints? we focus on three things, which are related. firstly, a more effective command and control chain. from the political level done to the troops level. this is mission command. secondly, relevant intelligence. which would be able to feed the chain of command. in the most faster w
Jan 26, 2013 2:00pm PST
. turkey and nato stressed the system is particularly defensive. >> these batteries are designed to intercept missiles and the threats comes from syria. this is one of three areas. turkey and nato officials have repeatedly said the missiles will in no way be used for an offensive operation or to support a no-fly zone. >> it is pretty obvious that the defensive systems are only for defensive purposes want you look -- want to look at their location. >> and it just as the deployment will contribute to the deal escalation of the prices along the border. russia and iran have said the deployment could spark a broader conflict. >> turkey requested the misfiles after several incidences. those exchanges and bald artillery shells and small arms fire, not just for misfiles. >> there is no acute threat. moralistic misfiles have been used. if they are being used on turkish territory, we're able to apprehend them. >> they have no intention of military intervention. the threat is still there. >> more to come including why the iraqi prime minister will not be allowed to run for another term in o
Jan 11, 2013 5:00am EST
reports... the momentous visst ccmeesas the withdrawal of u-- 3nd nato troops approaches. thank you very much ...i don't know if you would'vv had a chance to see a few days ago &ppis choice? afghan president hamid karzai has made the rounds in washington this mmetinn with secretary of state hillary clinton thursday for dinnerr and a bbief photooop...the tto evenn rading health ssories about dehydration..foolowinn ccinton's receet medicaa ordeel that kept her away from thursday at the pentagon, panetta ann other top military prass welcomed he afghan leader.. sources say president karzai arrived with a wish list of military equipment including drones, helicopters and othhr hardware to ensure nato forces leave at the end of 2014. what we talked about beeoodda wish list of equipmenttit's fair to say that we made some very good progressson alllthe ey issuee that we discusssd. our meeting i beeieve willlhelp lay the ground work or president karzaiiin his discussions tomorrow witt presideet obama from the hhur long discussion, the u-s wanted assurances that thh taliban ould not b
Jan 8, 2013 6:00am EST
that one that did not come up was nato. is it relevant? is it a relic? how can we rejuvenate it? >> the one risk is your rep. -- the one risk is europe. it is extraordinary. we complain endlessly that our european allies are not spending enough, which is true. they are fighting with us. we might prefer the aggressive posture. who would agree that in the mid- 1990's when senator lieberman said you are out of air or out of business they would be talking about afghanistan. europe is one of the world's great economic powers. it is in our interest to keep it friendly. how much effort it takes to do that, i do not know. you could never create nato if we had to start all over again. it has seen us through good times and bad. a modest effort to stay engaged and keep our allies engaged and to have it there should there be some serious problems and eastern europe is a good thing. >> this builds on something i learned from reading. i am inclined to agree. it is out of the mainstream of both political parties. nato expansion makes me nervous. the steps that have been taking so far would not be worth th
Jan 7, 2013 7:00pm PST
to the aggression. the u.s. agreed to deploy more powerful missiles in south ko a korea. >>> nato personnel are rolling out more hardware to deal with the possible fall out from the civil war in syria. missiles are rumbling toward turkey to strengthen air defenses. the trucks carrying the equipment left monday from a base in the netherlands. dutch, american and german officials agreed last month to send six air defense batteries to turkey to protect their nato ally. >> we have seen the use of missiles within syria several times against the civil population, and these missiles, they do have a reach of hundreds of kilometers, so they can reach 30 cities. and turkey is very concerned about that. >> the convoy is scheduled to arrive in the turkish town of adona in the next month. they are 30 kilometres above the syrian border. this is the first time they have brought missiles into turkey. >>> we've been starting off the new year finding out about people in japan who are considered front runners in their fields. numiko saya is the focus of our next story. she spent years working on peace in conq
Jan 1, 2013 2:00am PST
to the new year in shanghai, china. while in tokyo, japan, buddhist monks rang bells to cleanse sins. nato soldiers serving in afghanistan took time to let loose and dance their way into 2013. nato has more than 100,000 soldiers serving in afghanistan, including some 66,000 u.s. forces. in centralr russia, these brave souls took an icy dip to greet the new year. the water temperature, a brisk 37 degrees. while in the united arab emirates, the world's tall els building set the stage for a giant celebration. in paris, tens of thousands celebrated at the eiffel tower. while in london, big ben rang out the old and rang in the new. and the tradition continued in the big apple. tens of thousands crammed into times square to officially welcome 2013. kirk gregory, nbc news. >> beautiful kisses to start the new year. >>> on the first day of the new year, more than 400 new laws go into effect around the country. here are just a few. in maryland, same-sex couples now have the right to marry. and the wedding ceremonies started just after midnight in baltimore. california and illinois have both banned
Jan 7, 2013 2:30am PST
, they're expected to discuss the withdrawal of u.s. troops and nato troops in 2014. officials say that the obama administration is considering leaving behind a minimal force, after security is handed over the afghans. karzai is expected to arrive with a wish list of both financial and military aid. he'll also be bringing with him a list of complaints. karzai's clash with the u.s. over treatment of afghan prisoners in u.s. custody just two days ago. in an interview with nbc, karzai was critical of what he described of continued attacks on afghan villages. much of the insecurity in his country is because of the u.s. and nato presence there. >>> overseas news, the u.s. is rejecting a peace plan from syrian president basha rshgbash. he said yesterday, blamed his country's struggles on the opposition. the u.s. state department in a very diplomatic response said that his plan is quote detached from reality. >>> all right, as always let us know why you're up watching this program. shoot me an e-mail. or tweet me at mark halperin. >>> still ahead here on "way too early" robert griffin iii
Jan 6, 2013 5:30am PST
.s. department of defense report stated only one of 23 italians is ready to fight alone without help from nato forces -- only one of 23 battalions is ready to fight alone with help from nato forces. the u.s. military has had its own of isolated cases. is the afghan forces that will take over complete responsibility for security in this country. to help them do that, they need to win the respect of the population. >> rebels in the central african republic have occupied two more towns ahead of peace talks in the next few days. that is despite calls from the international community to pull out of the captured territories. the coalition of militias have taken two towns. reports say government soldiers put up no resistance. reports from northern ireland say shots were fired at the police in a third night of violent protests. loyalists fought with officers in east belfast over the decision to stop flying the british union flag. one man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. this report is from northern ireland. >> for all of these excesses of the peace process, sectarian anger simmers.
Jan 8, 2013 7:00pm PST
in the netherlands. >> and emotional goodbye for the families. these are the first in a large nato deployment involving u.s. forces. the mission comes after turkey asked for help protecting southeastern cities from of possible chemical or missile attack. >> this is the threat on turkey's side, because they put in the request for nato, and it could be a threat by ballistic missiles. >> the missiles and troops will be responsible for defending a city around 120 kilometers from the syrian border. the americans will be just 50 kilometers north of the syrian border. iran, a regional ally, has denounced the employment as a provocation, while some suggest it could deter the government from attacking syrian civilians living near the border, but those involved are clear this is a defensive mission only. >> we are 20 kilometers from the syrian border, and our weapon system can just defend the city close to where we are deployed. the system is not able to defend people, so we are not even able to defend an issue that far. >> this is the personal kit started its journey to turkey. the military hardware i
Jan 1, 2013 4:30am EST
in shanghai, china. while in tokyo, japan, buddhist mornings rang bells. nato soldiers searching in afghanistan, took time to let loose and dance their way into 2013. nato has more than 1,000 soldiers in afghanistan, including 66,000 u.s. forces. in central florida, these brave souls took an icy dip. the water temperature, a brisk 37 degrees. in the united emirates, the world's tallest build, the berj khalif that. in london, big ben rang out the old and brought in the new. and the tradition continued in the big apple, tens of thousands, crammed into times square to official with welcome 2013. kurt gregory, nbc news. >> how can you top the kiss at the eiffel tower. >>> 400 new laws go in effect. in maryland, same-sex couples have the right to marry. and the wedding ceremonies started just after midnight. california has banned their workers from forcing their workers and job applicants to hand over passwords to facebook and twitter accounts. >> and lawmakers decided it's not a fair fight. >>> and florida, police can no longer give tickets to drivers who flash their headlights to le
Dec 31, 2012 9:00pm CST
an event that had hovered over this city for some time. that was nato in may thousands of demonstrators walked through the streets of the city for hours per day. elastic clash with police with of the world watching. dozens of arrests, traffic headaches and worldwide... but in the end chicago came out on top. if you think it's easier to ask people to do with they did it's not. once nato was over the city had to gear up for crowds that looked just as powerful chicago teachers union led a massive strike that kept unions out of school for seven days. the strike finally came to an end. but one student went back to class 4 chicagos growing crime issue, 55 murders the story made national headlines. you have a role in community policing, you are not a snitch. it became a year heavy in politics. congressman jesse jackson jr. resigned from his seat after being a no show for months treated for bipolar disorder all the while investigators looked into his use of campaign funds despite all that he won reelection but the political focus was on the presidential campaign. president obama reelected af
Jan 5, 2013 6:00am PST
, but first, some news around the world. a nato mission to deploy air missiles to turkey is under way. the u.s., the netherlands, and germany are each providing a two missile batteries. turkey requested aid to defend itself against possible spillover from the civil war in neighboring syria. the u.s. congress has approved just under $10 billion in aid to the victims of superstar sandy. the senate earlier approved a $60 billion package. the speaker of the house of representatives called off a vote on that bill, incurring the anger of fellow republicans in the states hardest hit, new york and new jersey. the young pakistani education activist has been released from a british hospital three months after being shot by the pakistani taliban. she has made a remarkable recovery and reconstructive surgery was scheduled for next month. she was struck by the taliban because of her advocacy for girls' education. we start with ski jumping in sports. an austrian has won the third leg in the four hills tournament. he is looking good to retain his four hills crown prepared heading into the -- his four hills
Jan 24, 2013 5:00am PST
as as the chai chart versus the department of public works bureau of street use and mapping. application nato 12mff0083. is the appellant in the room? i do not see the apellant in the room and we have not seen the appellant here this evening. we have the department here. if you would like to have the department speak? >> sure. >> good evening commissioners. john kwong from the department of public works once again. in this specific case for this permit for the service of chai tea at 79 new montgomery, the department denied in it this case for like foods. in the evaluation there is a starbucks coffee and jumba juice, who serve similar types of drinks it's relates to tai chi or chai coffee in this case. we denied it and we believe in the evaluation what was appropriate based upon the guidelines. thank you. >> thank you. is there any public comment? i'm going to give you two. i'm barry hearing it right now. >> eke. i also have 102-degree fever. i would like my three minutes. thank you. >> i have to give you two. >> you can have three. let's not fight about this. go ahead and take your three.
Jan 18, 2013 3:00pm PST
expect from their nato ally. the need to say the european nations can't pay ransom money to terrorist groups because that simply fuels them to buy arms and soldiers. >> michael: but is nato looking to the united states richard to be the nation that says okay you guys listen up what happened with germany and france they paid these ransoms and got these 18 people out, and now they have funded these groups? why is it incumbent upon the united states then to be -- you know -- [ overlapping speakers ] >> the united states pays more than two-thirds of the nato budget so we have a lion's share of influence. the money paid to save the germans and french backpackers, that trend has continued. now we have encouraged -- our allies have encouraged this industry by rewarding it with money, and instead of reacting -- using other means. >> michael: of course it is going to continue if it has worked. i want to ask you as someone who has a degree of expertise in this, where do you see this going now? and what would america's role be? on the ground, with drones? what is your tak
Jan 9, 2013 5:00pm EST
comment on afghanistan's role in it? >> i would like to talk about nato patrol, longer term. -- nato's when the recruitment process started and the security situation was not as challenging as it is today, a lot of the people and listed from the provinces many from the south and north, and some of the leadership of the ministry of defense belong to the people of the north. in the beginning there was some imbalances and the composition and formation of the ministry of defense in the afghan security forces. there is a system in place and extensive efforts to recruit from the provinces of the south. some of these efforts are successful. as you can imagine if you put yourself as chairman in afghanistan, if you enlist as an afghan, you face different levels of [inaudible] the province is quiet. the taliban are not operating. there's less threat against you and your family. therefore despite the inferences being made, we still have challenges to recruit a member -- members of the security forces from those provinces. we purposely go and try to recruit students from the south or places [ind
Jan 1, 2013 4:30am EST
estimated to cost about $660 million. >> on the other side of the world, nato troops serving in afghanistan celebrated the new year with a party. soldiers from different countries gathered in kabul for a dance party. looks like everybody had a good time too. >> nato has more than 100,000 troops in afghanistan including 66,000 u.s. forces. nato will withdraw almost all of its forces there 5/20/14. >>> check this out. no shiny crystal here. in atlanta, people brought in the new year with the 24th annual peach drop at midnight. the peach weighs 800 pounds, thousands of people cheered as the fireworks lit up the night sky in atlanta. it's the southeast's largest new year's eve party. then in our region, 7,000 people celebrated the new year at big night d.c. at national harbor. the fourth year for the party at gaylord national resort. plenty of music, dancing and good food, party at 3:00 in the morning. >> looking classy for the new year. >> starting off the new year on a good foot. man, that wakeup call was real early this morning. >> all right. plenty of coffee. >> coming up on four minutes be
Jan 5, 2013 5:00am PST
of the u.s. contribution to nato's response of turkey asking for extra defensive help along that very volatile border with syria. holland and germany also expected to both contribute to patriot missile batteries and hundreds of troops to support that particular deployment. what this does is put the world's largest military machine, nato, right on the doorstep of this very brittle and brutal 21-month-long civil war. syrian regime shells landing inside turkey, prompting turkey's request to nato. that tension has died down. what has changed is the escalation in the conflict. rebels in the north pressing down hard on friday on a helicopter base, which they're trying to take to stop the regime's ability to project air power across the north. as the assad regime gets more desperate, many are concerned they'll reach into their arsenal, perhaps as the more deadly weapons inside, chemical weapons, which they deny having, scud-type missiles have already been used. purely to defend turkey, nato says. at the end of the day, as some say, they have skin in the game. perhaps were a shell to go astra
Jan 8, 2013 9:00am EST
with you, since this is about the evolution of warfare and you're the man of nato and in charge of making it all happen. talk to us if you would, frame the issue in terms of what you see as the challenges, what nato has to do to adapt to the new world. >> first and foremost, we heard during those few days that the future is very unpredictable to let's try just to enable it as key enabler for doing that. our onlied forces today are facing tremendous challenge. the world is changing. the environment is ever adapting, the threat is multifaceted. the risks are there. so what is the answer? the answer is with nato, israeli working on more giant, responsive, connected forces, well-trained, and at joint and combined level and forces, how we do that in a harsh constraint, fiscal constraint in in our point of view, focus on three trends will are related to the panel here. first and foremost, a more effective command and control chain. coming from the political level down to the politician level giving the power to the executive level to do the mission. this is mission command. secondly, a reliable
Jan 22, 2013 6:00pm EST
and playing loud music and women without had covers in the house. nato issues a press release and makes statements anonymously in the media where they said the u.s. forces had stumbled upon the aftermath of the taliban honor killing and implied the family -- that the women were killed by their own murderer's family members. so in the course of the film, we investigate the night raid and learned the individuals who did that raid were members of the joint special operations command and we know that because the then head of the joint special operations command showed up in this village with scores of afghan soldiers and u.s. forces. we showed this in the film, there is a scene where they offload a sheep and offer to sacrifice the sheep to ask for forgiveness, and afghan cultural tradition. it was meant to be a gesture of reconciliation. the offload the sheep and offering to sacrifice them in every place where the raid had taken place, the admiral goes into the home and says his men were responsible for killing women and the police commander and he asks for forgiveness from the head of the
Jan 11, 2013 10:00am PST
the level of troops that stay or go. it's a replay of what happened in iraq. >> if we leave, nato is out. i mean, the nato countries are not going to stay there a second war. >> they're leaving anyway. >> anyway. they're looking for any -- >> that's absolutely right. i think that the president is, look, the surge and the president's surge, i talk a lot with national security council people at the time. they need to give a gut fourchlg the taliban, to try to reshape the environment there, and to try to maneuver the various players in the region towards negotiated outcome because there was no military outcome. that seems not to have gone well. in the absence of that, what is the strategic course? the strategic course is now to minimize american vulnerability in these areas. not walk afrom afghanistan, as has happened in the past. try to give afghanistan some choices, but for security and to try to get away from what i think is the free riding problem where president obama is free riding on security, and not moving governments forward to get other stake holding in the rest of the country. i th
Jan 12, 2013 6:00am PST
, assisting afghan forces. it will be an historic moment. >> the u.s. and its nato allies plan to pull all troops out of afghanistan by 2014. the two countries must reach an agreement for immunity for u.s. troops. karzai said that was a delicate question. >> the issue of immunity of -- is of specific importance to the united states. i can go to the afghan people and argue for immunity for u.s. troops in afghanistan. >> obama and karzai said they agreed that talks had to start with the taliban. insurgents must first renounce terrorism. >> voters in the czech republic are going to polls in the second day of balloting in the country 's first direct election. the president is set -- is stepping aside after one day in office. a more colorful candidate, a composer, has gained surprising popularity among the nation's young voters. no one candidate will gain an outright majority. there will be a runoff in the two weeks' time. angela merkel says unions have played an important role in overcoming the financial crisis by keeping the jobless rate low. she made the comments while attending the german t
Jan 12, 2013 6:00am EST
in partnership with america and also until partnership with the other countries of nato that have helped us in the past many years. will afghanistan, beyond 2014, be a country that you can visit as tourists? yes, it will. will afghanistan suffer the consequences of terrorism? it might on occasions. will the peace process work? it will. will the peace process take us back to times where the afghan woman could not go to work? no. will we keep our progress it is part of if peace process? yes. it is important today to get through this forum where the afghan woman council was created many years ago. if afghanistan will have peace but peace with the taliban will not drive us away from the gains that we have made. rather those gains will definitely be consolidated and those gains will remain with the afghan people. you,m talking to afghanistan has a standing police of 350,000. afghanistan has a banking sector, afghanistan has a strong culture. you've all heard of pomegranates they come from afghanistan. you have heard of grapes. they come from afghanistan. the ones that come from afghanistan, i kn
Jan 1, 2013 9:00am EST
a full recovery. >>> from nato to afghan control will begin in two months, aiming to cover 90% of the country's population. the transition that began in early 2011 is supposed to give afghan forces full responsibility for security by the end of 2014, when most nato troops will have withdrawn. >>> following a day of bloodshed. 23 people were killed and 87 people wounded in the day of attacks. most killed were religious pilgrims on their way to the holy city. >>> in a surprise speech today, kim jong un called for an end of conflict between the two koreas. the first in 19 years by a north korean leader. tensions have risen to their highest level in decades after the north bombed a southern island in 2010, killing two civilians and two soldiers. >>> the world rang in the new year with a hope for better days ahead. pope benedict prayed that 2013 will be a year of peace, despite growing between rich and poor and terrorism. he celebrated the new year with a service in st. peter's basilica. >>> vladimir putin delivered an address calling for unity. >>> scattered showers and thundersto
Jan 24, 2013 11:00pm EST
made recently you talk a lot about nato. and the fact that the experience in afghanistan is not over yet but hasn't been a terrifically happy one for nato. that might sort of lead to a process which we just don't have the will anymore or the intelligence to intention to stay in nato. given the budget tear restriction? >> i think in the event that poses a threat -- the libya situation where clearly the united was not going to take the lead. it was going to supply reconnaissance, but a little bit of backup but nato getting together and going forward or not. you know, the threat and table stablized libya and the consequences for southern europe, the history when the european presence there. that was the precipitating event. i think it's going to take something similar to that one issue that i think potentially could be that is the whole situation where the pursuit of the nuclear weapons and iran and the fact that europe would be easily one the gun site and there would be a significant consequences for those nations closest to the middle east for the nuclear arm. >> that's a little bit o
Jan 16, 2013 12:00pm EST
, about levels of anxiety about the nato troop withdrawals, and the story is written about the most exposed areas, the areas that were last cleared and will be the most exposed to taliban return. and the story is about anxiety and concern and pessimism. and i'm not arguing that that isn't correct, i'm simply arguing that it's not reflective of the attitude in most of the country insofar, um, as it can be, can be determined. now, just to end on what we're looking forward to. clearly, there are two transitions coming up. there's a transition from a u.s. and nato-led combat operations to afghan-led combat operations, and the transition from karzai-led government to somebody else-led government. and of the two transitions, the latter is by far the more dangerous, the more difficult and the more uncertain. i mean, i don't think the afghan army's going to run away in 2014. but it's possible the afghan government will collapse in 2014 as the result of a failed transition. and by that i don't mean that the election will be irregular necessarily. i think a regular election could produce a ve
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